In this week’s episode we have a continuation of our conversation about Middlesbrough Art Weekender 2019 – this time with Rosie! She exhibited with HUN this year so she tells us about that process, some of the problems she ran into (and overcame), and what her experience of the weekender was.
In this week’s episode Alice and Amy have a chat about their experience checking out this year’s Middlesbrough Art Weekender that was on last weekend. It’s a wonderful three-day festival of art that takes over the city of Middlesbrough, and there was just so much to see!
Hi there, Alice here! As I said I’d do in this week’s episode, here’s a blog post about one of the cool exhibitions I saw when I visited The Finnish Museum Photography in Helsinki last month. So, here we go.
Some Observations on the Political System in Finland by Sakari Piipo is exactly that: some observations on how politics and politicians are conducted/conduct themselves in Finland. But before you think about the red-faced, emotive paparazzi shots of politicians you’d see adorned on the front pages of a tabloid, think again. What we have here is a fantastic mix of the mundane. Things like the crumpled suits and ties of politicians after a long day, and the types of shoes that some of them choose to wear. These two themes specifically have been curated into very visually-appealing displays.
What I found so compelling about Piipo’s work is the flash photography element. A style often reserved for the more paparazzi-style shooting where good lighting is necessary to capture the subject, here it makes the normal and the uninteresting stand out. People behind laptops and enjoying a sit-down between meetings become more coveted and exciting moments, not just an everyday activity.
My favourite section of this exhibition, purely for the aesthetic of the subject matter, is the section about voting. These little Finnish voting booths, not too dissimilar from the ones we’re accustomed to in the UK, are just adorable. Their delightful pastel colours, accentuated by the flash of Piipo’s camera, contrast with the pair of legs you see of the anonymous voters. Simply put, it just looks so bizarre, and that’s why I love it.
An interesting part of this exhibition is the one titled ‘Sensorship’. Not long into this 3-year documentary project, a government official dictated that Piipo was “in possession of property belonging to the Prime Minister’s office”. The argument was, despite Piipo’s lawyer arguing to the contrary, that the rights to the photos they had taken “are silently transferred to us [the Prime Minister’s office]”. This, of course, is nonsense as the photographer always retains the rights to their work. Sure, a motion could be filed to prevent them from being shown in a public forum. But the rights would not be transferred to the government. What a weird thing to say. Either way, despite Piito going though and censoring every identifiable image of a politician (see below) no agreement was ever reached, and one can see these photos in the exhibition or in Piito’s book of the same name.
I was very pleasantly surprised by this exhibition and glad I popped along. Whilst it’s on for a while I can’t really recommend you go see it because it’s all the way in Finland. Of course, if you’re in the area then absolutely go for it! There were two other fab exhibitions on as well for you to sink your teeth into!
This weeks episode is all about when the girls checked out day 3 of this years amazing Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival up in Berwick-upon-Tweed. As you might recall we checked out the opening day of the festival last year, and the high expectations we got from the festival this year were met in full! We saw some amazing films, some confusing ones, some cool art, and we caught up with some old friends. If this sounds like your cup of tea then give the episode a listen!
During our summer break we went over to Rotterdam for a little hollie, and when we were there we saw a multitude of art and wanted to talk about some of it. TENT Rotterdam is a really cool gallery space in the centre of Rotterdam (inside a different contemporary art gallery), and the exhibition we saw ‘No You Won’t Be Naming No Buildings After Me‘ is an interesting look at how places and things can get commemorated. The exhibition actually closes tomorrow (22nd September), so if you’re in Rotterdam go check it out!
On our summer break we still went out to see some cool art around the North East and whilst most (if not all) of the stuff we went to go see has finished now, we think they deserve a mention. So this episode is a short but sweet little recap of some of the cool stuff we saw this summer.
In this week’s episode Rosie begged the question ‘what would a curator’s hat look like???’ although she is an artist and not a curator, Rosie often has to put on her curators hat to describe to lovely listeners the curatorial decisions of the exhibitions we chat about!
A curator is the keeper of art at galleries and museums. Quite often it is their job to decide how artwork will be presented in a space. In some ways the curator is a bridge between gallery and artist as well as between artwork and viewer.
Just for fun, we would like YOU to tell us what a curators hat looks like! You can imagine one for your own head, Rosie’s noggin, a curator you know or an imaginary curator of your own invention! Your submission can be a drawing/doodle/painting/digital/an actual hat – anything goes! Art is art!
We’ve provided some templates as a guide but there is no need to use one if you don’t want to! The winner will be gifted a HAWG tote bag fresh off the presses!
Send in your submissions to Instagram/twitter or email us at heyartwhatsgood [at] gmail.com
Good luck and have fun!
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We’re back from our summer break and we’ve got a fantastic exhibition to get started up again with! ‘A Foul and Awesome Display‘ by Kirsty Harris is showing at Vane Gallery at the moment and it’s all about nuclear bombs, explosions, and testing. It’s such an interesting and kind of morbid topic and it’s explored in some very interesting ways. You can catch the show until the 28th September so if you can we’d really recommend it!
Happy Birthday to us! It was just over a year ago when we first started this podcast, and with this being episode 52 we thought we’d celebrate here, have a look back at what an amazing year it’s been, and re-introduce ourselves.
We’ll be coming back on the 13th September! In the meantime you can still reach us on our socials and through email, and as always if you have any recommendations send them our way!
Did you have any favourite episodes in the past year? What was the most outstanding exhibition or event you checked out yourself? You can let us know in the comments or by sending us a comment or message on our Twitter or Instagram.
For this week’s episode the girls have a chat about the opening of the wonderful Heads & Tales exhibition at Vane Gallery (exhibition runs until 13th July 2019 – go check it out today!). We discuss how art is important to mental health, Rosie’s involvement in the show, and a few of our favourites.